Opinion How can this Geelong side be stopped?

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Mordecai

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But Geelong is stopped. In the top 4. It’s all relative. If Geelong were playing their oldest 22/23 every week it would be an issue. They are not. The back line core will be together for the next 5+ years.

Chris has pushed his chips in - I like the play. For now Geelong is stopped and have been very close the last few tries. Perhaps there will be no pain for Geelong, but usually there is when you let your list get to this point.
 

iameviljez

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Geelong have an advantage over the rest of the comp.
They have a cultural advantage.
They have a whole regional city to draw from. A city whose population are 98% Geelong supporters.
How could any player or club not be be stimulated by that environment?
There’s a drawback though, in that we’re not able to offer big city lifestyle and big club crowds.

Compared to clubs like North and Saints, though, yes it’s an advantage.
 

Foxx

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There’s a drawback though, in that we’re not able to offer big city lifestyle and big club crowds.

Compared to clubs like North and Saints, though, yes it’s an advantage.
That's not a drawback at all. Geelong has everything without the bussle. And the players play in big enough crowds in Geelong and away games.
 

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iameviljez

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That's not a drawback at all. Geelong has everything without the bussle. And the players play in big enough crowds in Geelong and away games.
Yes it is. Not having the “bustle” is something that most people - particularly younger people - see as a negative. Most Australians live in a capital city.
 

Foxx

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Yes it is. Not having the “bustle” is something that most people - particularly younger people - see as a negative. Most Australians live in a capital city.
They live there for the employment opportunities and money. That's not a factor with AFL footballers.
Other than that Geelong has the same things a capital city has to offer a young person, without the bustle.
 

iameviljez

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They live there for the employment opportunities and money. That's not a factor with AFL footballers.
Other than that Geelong has the same things a capital city has to offer a young person, without the bustle.
And the nightlife, and the excitement, and the culture, and the family and friends, and the convenience.
 

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May 5, 2006
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Geelong's biggest challenge this year is playing Gold Coast who'll have nothing to play for in Rd 22, West Coast who haven't had anything to play for all year and throw up the white flag at KP anyway in Rd 23 then having a bye before QF week. That's not an ideal preparation leading into a final against someone out of Melbourne/Brisbane/Collingwood/Freo/Sydney.
 

Red Bear

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Geelong's biggest challenge this year is playing Gold Coast who'll have nothing to play for in Rd 22, West Coast who haven't had anything to play for all year and throw up the white flag at KP anyway in Rd 23 then having a bye before QF week. That's not an ideal preparation leading into a final against someone out of Melbourne/Brisbane/Collingwood/Freo/Sydney.
There's a bye before finals. Not sure form at the end of the home and away season is relevant. Any momentum is halted.
 

demondavey

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Maybe a freak GF performance from Sydney or Collingwood? Melbourne at their absolute best (not likely), aside from that, serious injuries to key players.
 

Kobe Gryant

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You don't stop geelong, you move them through time and space, further increasing their age. They're dangerously old already.

Last chance saloon.

Even as pensioners our youf still tops the duds at Norf. Incredible really.
 

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MC Extra Dollop

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Geelong's biggest challenge this year is playing Gold Coast who'll have nothing to play for in Rd 22, West Coast who haven't had anything to play for all year and throw up the white flag at KP anyway in Rd 23 then having a bye before QF week. That's not an ideal preparation leading into a final against someone out of Melbourne/Brisbane/Collingwood/Freo/Sydney.

I'd rather our run in than say Melbourne's, Brisbane's or Collingwood's. We'll have basically played six mini finals in seven weeks, heading into those final two rounds.

We ended the H&A last year with a clash for the minor premiership and squandered a seven goal lead to Melbourne which saw us not only relinquish first place, but end up in third with a road trip to play Port in week 1 of the finals. I'm quite comfortable with an away trip against the Suns and then a home game against the Eagles as a tune up to round out the H&A rounds.
 

Some Idiot

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It's all mental with the Geelong players. Great team that chokes in finals
 

iameviljez

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A 300k population sleepy hollow. Ok.
Yes, that is sleepy. It is roughly 1/7th the size of Brisbane, and 1/15th the size of Melbourne.

I think that is reflected in our recruiting. We target local boys with a connection to the area - Dangerfield, Cameron, Henderson. Most other “big fish” trades tend to go to Melbourne based clubs.
 

MC Extra Dollop

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Yes, that is sleepy. It is roughly 1/7th the size of Brisbane, and 1/15th the size of Melbourne.

I think that is reflected in our recruiting. We target local boys with a connection to the area - Dangerfield, Cameron, Henderson. Most other “big fish” trades tend to go to Melbourne based clubs.

Plenty of Melbourne and interstate Cats end up staying in the region after their playing days are over. Can't remember losing too many Tim Kelly style to the go-home factor. If you can make a decent living down the surf coast or Bellarine, there's worse places you could live.
 

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